Good Sports: CYCLING TEAM MAKES HISTORY
The Indian sprint cycling team of Esow Alben, Ronaldo Singh, Rojit Singh, and Jemsh Singh made history when they won a gold medal at the recent UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships in Frankfurt, Germany. India had never won a gold medal before at a world cycling event, senior or junior.
Esow from Nicobar and his teammates from Manipur defeated Australia in the final, a three-lap race on a 250-meter steeply banked wooden track. Australia led after two laps, but the Indian boys finished strong with the fastest lap in the tournament (12.915 seconds) to win gold with a total time of 44.625.
Esow, 18, has made history before: he became the first Indian to win a medal at the Junior Track Cycling World Championship when he won silver last year.
“Hope I and other cyclists will continue to achieve new heights and make cycling a popular sport in India,” he told Times of India.
Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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